A while back Mom ordered us a couple of nice new collars! It’s a good thing we don’t exactly *need* collars as their arrival was delayed by a couple of months(!). They are top quality, though, and of course we look GREAT!
We were not the most cooperative models in the world…
These are the “Elegado” collars from KorysWorld on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KorysWorld)
Especially somepuppy… (Gummi: “amateur!”)
Lovely, vibrant colors. (Mom’s number two weakness after us ;))
I already have some of Pipette in her collar, since she got hers first. Gummi was away with PA up by the lake when the package arrived.
It’s been a wonderful weekend of dog training! It was the second weekend of the “year long” (= four weekends a few months apart) dog trainer-class and Pipette was a star!
I was lucky and sweet Ann Kristin with Mimmi (pomeranian) took a few photos of Pipette in action.
My bouncy puppy!
Get that thing!
She played really well on Saturday, despite lots of people and action. She was a bit more easily distracted on Sunday, probably because I had better treats on Sunday. I only used dry kibble on Saturday which was my bag of back-up treats. But since I left the proper treats that was what we had to work with and she was perfectly happy with it. She had a couple of rounds on Saturday trying to get some of the fun people to play and cuddle with her. Unfortunately they were all broken and just ignored her. How rude! (VERY useful training for a social little doggie.) She had a GREAT hand target session and a good heeling- and (jumping) stand session, too.
Sunday she was more easily distracted. She’d rather have treats than the toy and I spent a large amount of time running around and tossing the toys until she’d finally show interest in it. It would have been better to do training that didn’t require treats so she didn’t have them at all, probably, but OTOH this bit of “don’t wanna don’t hafta” might be useful to work through, too. We did eventually move into a different room (one of the other dogs were really noisy) with only a couple of crated dogs and a few people watching and that eliminated the DWDH. I think all the people and dogs training (we were 4 dogs at a time in the main room and 8 handlers + two instructors) PLUS really yummy chicken and meatballs at the same time was too much for her to make the good choice and stick with me.
Sunday we worked on “flow”. Having a fluent behavior means it’s automated and the dog hardly has to think to perform it. Basically you do lots of repetitions (we worked on sit) until you have virtually no time between eating the treat for a well performed repetition and doing it again. Sit – click – chew -sit and so on. Then stupid me wanted to change to a different behavior once she was fluent with sit. Instead she chose to demonstrate one of the benefits of a fluent behavior – it’s very resilient towards extinction. So she just sat, and sat, and sat some more. She tried sit/stay and she tried multiple sits, but she didn’t ever lie down like I was hoping she’d do. I should probably have decided to click for “anything not sitting down” but by the time I realized just how much time it would take before she came up with anything other than the sit… well… Let’s just say I’ll do it a bit differently next time, but I was really happy with her intensity and willingness to keep working even when sitting didn’t work “the way it was supposed to”.
Then we worked on doggie zen and she was almost TOO good. I haven’t used this kind of training with a bowl before, just treats or toys on the ground and she wouldn’t take a treat/toy on my que if it was in a bowl. Just shows you how important it is to vary how you do stuff. So we worked mostly on getting a reliable release to a reward in a bowl. We made a lot of progress, but need to keep working on this. Having a bowl can help with visibility at a distance (help the dog to find the treat or toy in the grass or whatever) so it’s useful to spend some time on this.
Pipette got under the couch again. I thought she deserved to be video taped this time. 😉
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After days of rain, rain and more rain we finally got some SUN. It might not be so obvious in the photos since we’re in the woods. But trust us. There was blue skies and high spirits. I took the camera along and got some photos of my little needlenose!
Being all objective and everything I’ve got to say she’s pretty darn cute!
She’ll even stand still and pose for a while which is a huge improvement!
I just can’t seem to get a decent action photo of her, though…
I hope you’re all having a great Sunday!
Pipette & Ane
Okay, so help me out of here!
Hi everyone! While in Thailand mom got me this scarf. It’s my SuperSess scarf. Why SuperSess, you ask? You see I’m a little princess and in Norwegian the word for princess is prinsesse. Then the servants started calling me Sessa, short for prinSessa (=the princess) and it kind of stuck. And of course I’m very SUPER so SuperSessa is perfect!
I mean… who can resist these eyes!? I know you can’t. Just wrap up some nice juicy steaks and send them to me right now!
I’m actually writing this from Bangkok, Thailand. We’re at the end of our vacation and I’ve spent the evening doing some much needed updates on the blog. I’m nowhere finished and I doubt things will get back to what I won’t call normal (but… the ideal perhaps?) for a while yet. I have, however, gotten around to creating a memory-page and placing Bajas page under that heading. I’ve also finally made pages for the other previous wrigglebutts who are at the rainbow bridge with him. They are not elaborate, but I have at least a photo of everyone now.
Oh, and the little princess Pipette has her own page, finally. I’ll get around to adding info, for now there are only a few puppy photos. But what cute puppy photos they are! 😉
I hope our friends are all doing well. We know sweet Benny is at the rainbow bridge with Bajas and the others now and we hope he’s having fun and send his family our most comforting thoughts.
We’re travelling again! This time we went up to the lake. We haven’t been there in AGES!
Look what we found!
He was a little scairt so I went out to get him!
Mwahahaha… He retrieves, I steal!
Mom brought our lighthouse, too!
Now it’s time for a nice, long NAP!
We spent almost two weeks at our cottage. Mom’s severely sprained her ankle and is on “crate rest”, but we left anyway!
Pipette had her very first boat trips
We went through the channel that goes trough the narrowest part of the island!
Pipette wasn’t entirely certain that the boat was a good place to be
Mom had to keep her leg up! 😉
I had a good time!
Pipette on top of the world! 🙂
Having a little chat with Virus on the porch!
Playing with my little sissy
Such a beautiful view from the deck!
Pipette is growing up
Pipette and I went to the beach on Friday with Sirius the Cocker puppy and his mom!
There is no puppy here. Srsly!
Silly Pipette would walk on tippy toes trying to reach the toy.. and if it was too deep to reach without swimming she gave up and turned around… and swam back to shore. Yes. She’d swim back, but not to get the toy. Silly dog!
Sirius was supposed to be her instructor, but he was sleepy and not in the mood for swimming.
He was darn cute, though!
Relaxing and watching people bathing and walking by.
She was a really good girl! I hope to take her swimming again next week and hopefully she’ll be more inclined to swim if I do so too!